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Arsenal

Tactics Column: Flamini, Arteta provided base for Alexis to flourish

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Arsenal fans clamouring for a new defensive midfielder might have seen significance in Mikel Arteta's substitution on 63 minutes in the 3-0 win over Burnley, or at least, the symbolic nature of it. Because Arteta was once the undroppable; the metronome in a team who love to pass the ball. At one point too, Arsenal found it difficult to win games without him, further highlighting his influence.

Why Arsenal’s 4-1-4-1 Formation Is Not Working

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has implemented a new 4-1-4-1 formation as of late, with either Mikel Arteta or Mathieu Flamini being deployed as the sole defensive midfielder in the middle of the pitch. The lack of manpower in the space just in front of Arsenal's back four was one of the reasons (there were plenty) Borussia Dortmund dominated the north London team in their opening Champions League group stage match Tuesday night.

Arsenal must use our pacey wingers NOW

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Wenger Must Show More Flexibility If We're To Use Our Current Options Throughout by SO We enter the final 10 days of the window and despite four new faces at Arsenal, the same concerns over weak positions remain. A defensive midfielder and centre forward are the two positions that have needed improvement since the summer [.

Manchester City Sign Bacary Sagna and Fernando, Say Reports

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Manchester City have signed Arsenal right back Bacary Sagna and defensive midfielder Fernando, according to reports from Sky Sports and The Times. Sagna is said to have signed a three-year contract and has already completed City's medical whereas Francisco's signing is said to be close to completion, both players transfers are awaiting announcement.

Abou Diaby Is Not Likely to Play Again For Arsenal This Season, Says Report

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Abou Diaby is not likely to return to action this season for Arsenal in yet another injury setback, which has ruled out thedefensive midfielder since March 2013.

Diaby was originally supposed to be back to full fitness in December, but the French midfielder who has suffered 35 different injuries in his Arsenal career from 2006-2013, is still trying to recover from his knee injury, according to a report by Goal.

Arsenal Announce Signing of Mathieu Flamini As Free Agent to Shore Up Midfield: Daily Soccer Report

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Arsenal have announced the signing of Mathieu Flamini as a defensive midfielder to shore up the holes and injuries that have riddled the club in previous weeks.

Flamini returns to the club as a free agent, where he helped the Gunners win the FA Cup in 2005.

"We're very pleased Mathieu has agreed to re-join us," Arsène Wenger said.

Wolfsburg set to pip Arsenal to Bayern Munich’s Luiz Gustavo

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Arsenal could be set to miss out on yet another transfer target this summer with the German media reporting that Wolfsburg are close to completing the signing of Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo. The Brazil international had been tipped to move to the Emirates. But Bild reports that the defensive midfielder is instead set to [.

Arsenal’s DM requirements.

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I am going to call Arteta a DM, although while he does not fit my profile of a DM, I recognize that he did a great job for us, but, can he endure another long season?

Last season, I felt Coquelin was being groomed as first choice back-up. Now I learn the Fella has been shipped out on loan. I think signals can be read into this.

Arsenal’s DM requirements.

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I am going to call Arteta a DM, although while he does not fit my profile of a DM, I recognize that he did a great job for us, but, can he endure another long season?

Last season, I felt Coquelin was being groomed as first choice back-up. Now I learn the Fella has been shipped out on loan. I think signals can be read into this.

Arsenal Debate – Is Diame the answer to our midfield problems?

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Diame is perfect for Arsenal by SS

It is acknowledged among Arsenal fans and neutrals alike that the club need to buy a defensive midfielder this summer because of Abou Diaby's injury problems and the fact there is no cover for him since Alex Song left last summer. There have already been a few names thrown around for who should be bought but I believe that the club should be looking to West Ham's Mohamed Diame.

Discuss – Aaron Ramsey is now indispensable to Arsenal

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Comments on Ramsey and Arsenal tactics by VSM

So, coming off a disappointing but not detrimental 0-0 draw with Everton, there are both positives and negatives to take. The first positive to take is the fantastic performances from Aaron Ramsey that we've seen both today and on Saturday.

Betis eyeing Arsenal midfielder on loan

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Real Betis are interested in signing an Arsenal defensive midfielder on loan, according to reports....

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Is Diaby the key to Arsenal’s success this season?

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Is Diaby the key to future success? by CI

During my life as an Arsenal and football fan i have witnessed many remarkable moments of Arsenals history including the invincible era. But ironically my first real game i watched on TV was our last major trophy. In this game (fa cup final of 2005)i saw a winning team, but where did it all go wrong?

Chelsea

Nemanja Matic Can Dominate Chelsea’s Midfield for the Next Five Years

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Nemanja Matic is fast becoming one of the important players at Chelsea and it was probably least evident from his goal against Sporting Lisbon. It was only the second goal of the season for the tall defensive midfielder. The goal helped Chelsea get a narrow 1-0 win, although it should have been much more for the chances Jose Mourinho's men created, to secure the first three points of this European campaign.

What does Nemanja Matic bring to Chelsea?

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With Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic undergoing a medical at Chelsea, we look at what he will add to the Blues. Jose Mourinho has decided to bring Nemanja Matic back to Chelsea for a second spell at the Stamford Bridge. Spending £22m on a defensive midfielder is a big price to pay but, as always, the [.

Chelsea favourites to sign England Under-21 international Eric Dier

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Chelsea are the frontrunners to sign English-born Sporting Lisbon defender Eric Dier. He was a regular for Sporting last season, but his contract contains a £4.2m buyout clause that is proving too tempting for some of Europe's big clubs. The Blues are currently the favourites to complete a deal for Dier.

Transfer Rumors

United close in on £15m signing

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Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Daley Blind from Ajax, with the clubs said to be said in "advanced negotiations" for the Dutch international.

Blind, who was one of Holland's star performers at the World Cup in Brazil, is thought to be keen on a move to United and the club is confident an agreement can be found with Ajax for a fee of around £14-15m.

Reports Newcastle Interested in Crystal Palace Midfielder

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Sky Sports are reporting that Newcastle United are one of the clubs interested in signing Crystal Palace defensive midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi. Kagisho Dikgacoi Crystal Palace midfielder Dikgacoi was at Fulham for a couple of seasons from 2009, but he only played 16 times for the London club in those two seasons, and only once [.

United close in on Portuguese midfielder

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Manchester United are closing in on Portuguese youngster William Carvalho, according to reports in today's papers that claim the Sporting Lisbon's defensive midfielder could soon be on his way to Old Trafford, after the Portuguese giants have identified his replacement in Estoril's midfielder Goncalo.

Newcastle Linked With In-Form Vitesse Defender

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There is some news today that Newcastle are interested in 23 year-old Vitesse defender Kelvin Leerdam, who can play at right back or anywhere across the back line, and also can play as a defensive midfielder. Kelvin Leerdam Vitesse defender/utility player Vitesse founded in 1892 same year as a very famous English club [.

Newcastle Interested In Two French Players

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There is news in the French newspaper L'Equipe and the Get French Football News website today, that Newcastle are interested in two more French players, and it's the first time that we know of that we've been linked with these players. Gueida Fofana - 22 year-old defensive midfielder They are Lyon's 22 year-old central midfielder [.

Newcastle Move Closer To Signing Top Young Defender

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talkSPORT is reporting today that talks are ongoing between Newcastle United and West Ham, about the possible transfer of 23 year-old England U21 International James Tomkins to the Magpies. James Tomkins capped 10 times for the England U21 side Certainly Newcastle were interested in the center-back come defensive midfielder last January, and we see [.

Newcastle Make A Move For Yann M’Vila

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Some news breaking today is that Newcastle are interested in signing Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila this month, and the 22 year-old French International defensive midfielder certainly wants to leave the French league, and his first choice seems to be the Premier League. Yann M'Vila Newcastle interested?

English Premier League

Fulham Re-Sign Mahamadou Diarra On Pay-As-You-Play Deal: Daily Soccer Report

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Fulham have re-signedMahamadou Diarra on a pay-as-you-play deal to try to prevent the Cottagers from getting relegated.

Diarra, who has previously played at Real Madrid, Monaco, Lyon and other clubs, has returned to Fulham after being released by the club at the end of last season.

According to the club website,

"The 32-year-old was out of action for a sustained period after struggling with a knee injury, but worked relentlessly to regain full fitness.

Tottenham Agree £8.6m Deal With Toulouse to Sign Etienne Capoue

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Tottenham Hotspur have announced the signing of defensive midfielder Etienne Capoue for a transfer fee that's reported to be £8.6million.

The 25-year-old Toulouse footballer paves the way for Scott Parker to exit the club, presumably to Queens Park Rangers

Capoue is a France international who has made 174 league appearances, scoring 13 times in Ligue 1 for Toulouse and was named in the league's Team of the Year in 2012 alongside Hugo Lloris.

Newcastle Unchanged At Tottenham

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Alan Pardew will start with an unchanged Newcastle side today at White Hart Lane in the tough game against Tottenham Hotspur today in the Premier League. As expected Jame Perch retains his place as the defensive midfielder, in spite of Cheick Tiote returning form the African Cup of Nations last week.

The Rest

Sporting Sign Haitian Midfielder, James Marcelin

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Sporting announced their third addition of the offseason today, announcing the signing of Haitian midfielder, James Marcelin. Marcelin spent last year with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL, making 15 appearances for the club as they advanced to the Soccer Bowl before losing to the San Antonio Scorpions.

Union Interested in Danish midfielder William Kvist?

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The 29 year old has played nine matches this season with English Championship side Wigan Athletic

Friday morning Kevin Kinkead reported that the Philadelphia Union are targeting 29 year-oldDanish international WIlliam Kvist as a possible signing during the offseason. The defensive midfielder, whohas made 52 appearanceswith the Denmark national team, currently plays for Wigan Athletic in the English Championship.

Arteta and Flamini may now become regular starters together

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By 1970's Gooner It was about time Wenger realised that his team selection was a little unbalanced. He has always in recent times selected only one defensive midfielder (either Arteta or Flamini) and played a more forward minded Ramsey (or Wilshere) in central midfield. The rest of the team barring the four at the back are all forwards.

LvG: Blind is best as a defensive midfielder

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Daley Blind is expected to make his debut for United on Sunday and Louis van Gaal has hinted that we can expect to see the Dutchman playing in midfield.

"He is a player who can see situations in advance," he said. "He can [therefore] always pass to the free player, and when he doesn't have the ball, he knows when he has to press the opponent.

SBI College Preview: UCLA’s Stolz aiming to go out a champion

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By DAN KARELL

Heading into the start of last season, Leo Stolz was given a new challenge.

After spending his whole life playing almost exclusively as a defensive midfielder, UCLA men's soccer head coach Jorge Salcedoasked him to play in a more advanced role, hoping to make up for the loss of Ryan Hollingshead to Major League Soccer.

Jones an Overpriced Band-Aid Fix

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Jermaine Jones is a great defensive midfielder coming off a very strong 2014 FIFA World Cup for the U.S. National Team. He's played in some of the best leagues in the world and has Champions League experience. He's also not the solutionto all that ails the New England Revolution.

Mexican Midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos Set For Villarreal Move From Barcelona

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Mexican midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos will finally leave the Camp Nou as the 24 year-old is set to join his brother, Giovani Dos Santos, at Villarreal. The transfer was announced via F.C. Barcelona's official websiteon Wednesday. The deal is for an estimated €2million and the right to buy the player back if El Submarino Amarillo ever decide to sell Jonathan Dos Santos.

2014 Union Depth Chart - Defensive Midfielders

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Defensive Midfielder has always been a position of relative strength for the Union. The addition of Maurice Edu only makes it that much stronger.

With the addition of Maurice Edu, the Union made a statement this off season.

Defensive Midfielder

Maurice Edu (Transfer from Stoke City)

All the hype and stories around the draft were about the Union signing Edu.

Freedom Kicks for Wednesday 29 January 2014: Waxing Nostalgic

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A former DC United stalwart retires, old shoes, and 90s sketch comedy. All that and more as we kick things in the name of freedom.

The State of the Union was last night, but there are other blogs on the internet for that. Instead, let's distract ourselves from such weighty issues by thinking of the way things used to be:

Clyde Simms announces his retirement | @clydesimms19
Longtime D.

Napoli Want Liverpool Midfielder in January

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Reports from TalkSPORT claim that Napoli are set to make a move for Liverpool defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva in January as manager Rafael Benitez is looking to increase the stability of his midfield for the long term.

The Spanish tactical was responsible for the arrival of Lucas at Liverpool back in 2007 when the took a gamble on the young Gremio starlet.

Flamini's concussion a controlled experiment

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By 1970's Gooner Every successful Arsene Wenger team had an unsung hero playing as a defensive midfielder. Vieira, Petit, Edu and Gilberto Silva to name but a few. They provided the steel in the middle of the park, in front of the defence playing no nonsense football winning the ball and giving it to the creative players.

Tottenham complete Etienne Capoue signing

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Spurs have completed the signing of defensive midfielder Etienne Capoue from French side Toulouse. The 25-year-old has moved to White Hart Lane for a fee believed to be in the region of £9m. A fee was agreed between the two clubs last week, but the deal has only been finalised this morning. The France international [.

David Luiz: The Long-Term Defensive Midfielder

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Last night saw David Luiz take up the role of defensive midfielder again, something that he has not been asked to do for quite a while. I thought he had a mixed game; we saw the best and the worst from him.
Some very strong tackles were made, but then he was also outsmarted on more than one occasion.

MLS First Kick 2013 Countdown: 6 days - Let's talk about shape in the central midfield

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Traditionally in soccer, certain numbers are associated with certain positions. The number 1 is always going to be a goalkeeper's number. When we say "number 9" we're talking about a striker. A "number 10" is a central attacking midfielder, a trequartista, and a subject we talked about just a few days ago in this very countdown.